The Umbra Institute
The Umbra Institute was founded in 1999 in Perugia in cooperation with Arcadia University as a center for higher education offering academic programs for students of U.S. colleges and universities. The Umbra Institute has grown steadily and developed a well-respected reputation as a provider of consistently high-quality academic programs, becoming an innovative leader in study abroad in Italy.
Arcadia University is recognized by the Ministry of Education in Italy, a member of AACUPI (the American Association of College and University Programs in Italy), and accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.
In 2006, the Umbra Institute became recognized by Italian universities and is now a approved provider of credit-bearing (tirocinio) courses for the University of Perugia (Università degli Studi di Perugia) in Perugia, Italy .
Today, the Umbra Institute maintains two central locations in Perugia, offers a wide array of courses, and hosts nearly 400 students from more than 100 U.S. colleges and universities annually, including Italian students from the local Università degli Studi di Perugia.
The Umbra Institute strives to bring the people and character of the city together through many curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular community engagement initiatives. Beyond our unique location, we are among the few institutions in Italy that focus on community engagement activities such as service learning, academic internships, volunteering, independent research, and activities that bring Umbra students together with the local Italian student population and the community at large.
Borgo Bello Association
Over the past five years, Borgo Bello neighborhood has made significant changes. As the resident population has increased and diversified, Borgo Bello’s neighborhood association has orchestrated numerous innovative cultural and commercial activities and events to revitalize its territory. The secret to this urban success story is a creative, intentional mix of promotional events, networking, collaboration and place-making with the active participation of the people who live, work and study in the neighborhood and city.
DSA3 Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Ambientali
The Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences (DSA3) is the derivation of the Faculty of Agriculture of Perugia, following the rescheduling of the organizational structure of the University.
The collaboration of DSA3 department and in particular of Prof. David Grohmann, with The Umbra Institute “Urban Spaces” class and the Borgo Bello Association, started in 2014 when a new idea came to light: the dream of catalyzing an “archipelago of urban community gardens” throughout the whole neighborhood.
OrtoBello in Via Fiorenzuola was the first, followed by the very successfull Orti di San Pietro, a 400sqm plot of vegetable garden managed by the San Pietro Green Team together with the members of Borgo Bello association.